It used to be I’d run into a box of old photographs and be whisked away to the memories contained therein. Now, over the weekend while I was looking for whatever media device on which I managed to save last year’s tax return, after exhausting every flash drive I’ve been able to find to no avail, I found an unlabeled CD with…pictures from February of 2009, a trip to Belize and more specifically, a visit to found Tikal in Guatemala! In particular, Tikal was a magical place. So here’s what I found on the CD.
Collared Aracaris (Tikal)
I am having a hard time identifying this turtle but it’s lovely.
Black-collared Hawk (Lamanai)
Snail Kite (I just lightened this up a bit from the original)
Keel-billed Toucan (Tikal)
Black-headed Trogon (Tikal)
Bare-throated Tiger Heron
Red-Lored Parrot (Tikal)
Oscellated Turkey (Tikal) – my favorite
Aztec Parakeet (Tikal)
I’ll be back as soon as life slows down a bit. More to come. In the meantime, I hope you find as peaceful, brief, and colorful a diversion in these pictures as I did.
Springlike weather is still far enough away for me to feel like I can put myself back in Nicaragua with a few more pictures. But it’s getting harder and harder to go backward! One more of these posts and I’m going to have to move on to spring migration.
The bird above and in the pictures below is a Tri-Colored Heron. We took a boat ride around Lake Nicaragua and managed to see some really nice birds. And despite the rocking of the boat I managed to get some pictures.
I feel like this trip cemented the difference between Snowy Egrets (below) and Great Egrets in my brain so I don’t have to think about it anymore.
Below, Southern Lapwings.
We pulled up to an island in the lake that has been devoted to a habitat for monkeys. Below are pictures of one Howler Monkey, a Spider Monkey and a Capuchin Monkey.
Sadly we discovered that people were feeding these monkeys bad things like the lollipop the Spider Monkey on the left below is clutching in his hand. I couldn’t tell exactly what one woman was offering to the Capuchin but it appeared to be something like a potato chip.
Back out on the lake, among perched birds were an Osprey and a Black Vulture.
Below, a Northern Jacana.
We came upon a colony of nesting Montezuma’s Oropendolas. Their nests alone are fascinating.
Below is a Little Blue Heron.
I will be back with one more post from Nicaragua. I hope soon!